Chelsea agree deal to sign Salah from Basel

January 23, 2014
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FC Basel's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring against Chelsea's during their Champions League Group E soccer match at St. Jakob-Park in Basel November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea have agreed a deal for playmaker Mohamed Salah from Swiss club Basel, the club said on Thursday.

"The move is subject to the Egyptian international agreeing personal terms and completing a medical examination," Chelsea said on their website (

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder scored against Chelsea for Basel both home and away in the Champions League group stages this season.

Chelsea's Premier League rivals Liverpool had been strongly linked with a move for the player, according to British media reports.